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Enhance and Align Standards

Workforce Designs

This report synthesizes information on State policies that connect professional development activities and support effective implementation of a state system of professional development in early care and education. It was designed for state policy makers, early education advocates, and program administrators working to connect professional development activities and initiatives into an integrated system. The report highlights principles and six policy areas that build or sustain an integrated system of professional development.

Early Learning Challenge

This Web page provides information about the Early Learning Challenge, including an e-book, Rising to the Challenge: Building Effective Systems for Young Children and Families. The Early Learning Challenge is a major federal funding initiative supporting States in their efforts to align, coordinate, and improve the quality of existing early learning and development programs that support children from birth through age five (particularly those at high risk).

Early Childhood State Advisory Councils Final Report

This final report on State Advisory Councils grants highlights general themes across the States and presents each State’s accomplishments in meeting the grant requirements. It also suggests implications for future Council work.

Early Childhood State Advisory Councils: Status Report

This report on the State Advisory Council progress covers the period from the award of grants through February 2013. It contains four sections: background, update on required grant activities, advancing early childhood systems beyond grant requirements, and state and territory profiles.

Using the Child Care and Development Fund to Support a System of Quality Improvement for School-age Programs

This strategy brief describes approaches and considerations for using the Child Care and Development Fund to support quality improvement in school- age programs. It is intended to provide information for Child Care and Development Fund administrators looking to improve access to high-quality school-age care that reflects the unique needs of school-age children. The brief is based on a review of the literature and interviews with state child care staff and their school-age partners in seven States.

All Together Now: State Experiences in Using Community-Based Child Care to Provide Pre-Kindergarten

This report studies the emergence of the mixed-delivery model in which prekindergarten is delivered in community-based settings and schools. It focuses on policies associated with implementing prekindergarten programs in community-based child care settings, as opposed to Head Start programs, community colleges, and other types of programs. The majority of States implementing prekindergarten programs have opted for some version of mixed delivery.

Using the Child Care and Development Fund to Support a System of Quality Improvement for School-Age Programs

This strategy brief provides information and considerations for Child Care and Development Fund administrators and other policymakers working to improve access to high-quality care that meets the needs of school-age children. It provides a framework that illustrates ways the Child Care and Development Fund and other resources can be used to build a strongly aligned system of quality improvement for children from birth through age 12 and older. The brief also details the results of interviews with State child care staff and their school-age partners in seven States.